International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

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Indulge in your love of travel. Explore destinations throughout the world. Undertake a paid placement. Graduate and embark on an exciting career.

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This course is for people who want to top-up a Foundation Degree in International Tourism and Hospitality Management (or equivalent) to a full honours degree. It covers both academic theory and practical skills. Modules include ‘Gastronomy', ‘Leadership and Management for the Hospitality Industry’, ‘Service Quality and ‘e-Tourism’. These are valued by many employers, and prepare you for a range of careers upon graduation.

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Why us?

  • Our Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism courses are ranked 4th in the UK according to The Guardian University league tables 2018
  • All students on this course are eligible to register for the Institute of Hospitality Education Membership Scheme
  • 'World-leading' research in Leisure and Tourism, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Local and national field visits
  • Guest speakers from the industry

Course structure

You will be taught by passionate academics who produce world-leading and internationally excellent research, and throughout your degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.

A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, open and resource-based learning, and supervised project and group work. There is an emphasis on developing independent study skills. You will also have opportunities to present ideas and information to other students and also develop concepts and analyses within groups.

Final year (national level 6):

  • International Hospitality Management (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Strategic Planning for Tourism (20 credits)
  • Service Quality (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management for the Service Sector (20 credits)
  • Digital Technology and the Visitor Economy (20 credits)
  • Gastronomy (20 credits)
  • Urban Tourism (20 credits)
  • Hospitality Major Project (40 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

The Reg Vardy Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,


  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

    Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

    Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service.

    Library Services - business and tourism
  • The Student Learning Space is designed for business students, and it includes a boardroom as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and clients from outside the University. There are also areas to facilitate group work and collaboration.

    Student Learning Space


You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre.

Entry requirements

The typical entry requirement is successful completion of one of the following:

  • Foundation Degree in Travel and Tourism or a Foundation Degree related to International Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • BTEC HND in a subject related to tourism/hospitality
  • 240 credits or equivalent of a recognised UK undergraduate award in a relevant subject

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £10,750 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


The course content on the BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-Up) degree reflects our close links with employers. When you graduate from this course you’ll be ready to take on a managerial position within the tourism and hospitality industry throughout the world.

Career destinations

Many of our graduates go on to work in managerial roles within the tourism and hospitality industry. Job titles include Hotel Manager, Tourism Development Officer or Resort Office Manager. Employers include hotels, airlines, travel agencies, events organisers, heritage attractions, Local Authorities and other public sector bodies.

Field trips

You’ll have the opportunity to visit a range of tourism and hospitality venues and initiatives.

These visits include the North East, other areas of the UK and international to destinations such as Dublin, Prague, Barcelona and New York.

Paid placements

We encourage you to undertake a 48-week paid placement between your second and final year to further enhance employability. It effectively becomes the third year of a four-year course. You’ll receive an average annual salary of £14,000-£18,000 depending on your location.

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